Conference to bring ‘boost’ Inverness economy

An upcoming Scottish conference is set to give both accommodation providers and restaurants a boost, according to Kerry Watson, VisitScotland Business Tourism Unit associations marketing manager.

And Visit Scotland reports that the Natural Product Biotechnology conference this November is set to boost the economy in Inverness by £500,000.

The event is being supported by the Conference Bid Fund from the organisation.

"We were delighted to be able to help bring the Natural Product Biotechnology conference to Inverness through the VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund," commented Ms Watson.

The Bid Fund shows the potential that business events and tourism have in the longer term, she said, and how sustainable these things are.

"Events such as Natural Product Biotechnology conference are hugely important to Scotland’s visitor economy, providing a boost for accommodation providers and restaurants and I am sure the event will help to highlight Inverness’s appeal as a fantastic leisure destination and place to do business," she added.

November's conference will see several hundred experts in biotechnology from a variety of nations hit the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

It comes after other Natural Products Scotland conferences this side of 2009, run by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

The 2014 event is supported by the Highland Council's Inverness Common Good Fund, too.

The Conference Bid Fund from VisitScotland was initiated in 2012 and the predicted attendee spend associated with the conferences it has helped bring to the country works out at £106 million.

The international association conferences it has secured have been predicted to bring-in some 62,000 delegates between them up to 2021.

Some 46 such conferences have thus far been secured with £936,000 of Bid Fund money. In the case of certain non-profit events, local authorities have matched the funding for conferences.

Locations getting these events includes Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist hospitality recruitment agency.